Many thanks to Haughton Castle Holiday Cottages & Haughton Castle Fishings for facilitating this camera's location and capitally funding its installation.
The North Tyne River originates along the Scottish border, to the north of Kielder Water. It meanders through Kielder Forest and passes the village of Bellingham before reaching Hexham. Haughton Castle, an appealing fishing beat, is located opposite Chipchase, Barrasford, and Chollerton. The fishing experience is influenced by releases from Kielder and features the Riverhill level gauge, situated on the renowned Long Rack Pool. Late June and July witness a significant catch of sea trout, while Haughton Castle provides excellent fishing conditions in July and August, particularly when water levels are favorable, and it welcomes a notable run of Autumn fish. Moreover, Haughton Castle, situated alongside the North Tyne, serves as a popular filming location. As a privately owned country mansion and a Grade I listed building, it stands to the north of Humshaugh village on the western bank of the North Tyne.Originally constructed as a tower house in the 13th century, Haughton Castle underwent enlargement and fortification in the 14th century. During this period, the castle was owned by Gerald Widdrington, although the Swinburns were residing there in the early 14th century. In the 16th century, the castle fell into disrepair and ruin, enduring attacks from Border reivers. A survey conducted in 1541 reported the decay and absence of the roof and floors. The Smith family acquired the property around 1640, but a survey in 1715 described the building as ruinous. Substantial alterations were undertaken for the Smiths between 1816 and 1845, with architect John Dobson playing a role in converting the ruin into a substantial mansion. In 1876, Anthony Salvin added a west wing to accommodate the Crawshaw family, who acquired possession of the castle in 1862. During the Second World War, part of the castle served as a hospital.Today, Haughton Castle stands as an oblong tower house, representing one of the best-preserved hall houses in northern England. In 1888, it came under the ownership of the Cruddas family and is currently possessed by the Braithwaite family. Some commentators suggest that it serves as the setting for the traditional song "Waters of Tyne."